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Michael Ball and Alfie Boe – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

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Reviewer: Selwyn Knight At first sight, this really shouldn’t work. Two singers, ostensibly from quite different traditions – musical theatre and classical – singing together shouldn’t blend. Yet look a little closer and we recall that Alfie Boe has a fine track record in musical theatre too, having starred in productions of Les Misérables; and as long ago as 2007, ...

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John Wilson and the John Wilson Orchestra – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

John Wilson conduction the John Wilson Orchestra

Conductor: John Wilson Reviewer: James Garrington It’s been a few years since John Wilson first came to the public’s attention as the man who recreates classic film scores. Over the years since then, he has become increasingly well-known and popular – as shown by the large number of people who chose to spend their Sunday evening in his company at ...

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Dick Whittington – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Becky Stone as Tommy the Cat and Tricia-Adele Turner as Dick Whittington

Writer: Iain Lauchlan Directors: Iain Lauchlan and Paul Gibson Reviewer: Nicole Evans The Coventry Belgrade Theatre pantomime is set aside from its regional rivals by the distinct lack of soap stars and the likes in the role of dames attempting to rekindle their careers. Despite not having the pull of a famous face on the posters, Iain Lauchlan's traditional yearly ...

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The Nutcracker – Birmingham Hippodrome

Céline Gittens as the Rose Fairy with Artists of Birmingham Royal Ballet;

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreographers: Peter Wright, Lev Ivanov, Vincent Redmon Reviewer: Nicole Evans One of the classics, and undeniably one of the most timeless, ballets, The Nutcracker returns to its anticipated festive home, The Birmingham Hippodrome, for its Christmas run once again presented by Birmingham Royal Ballet. In its 26th year, and with the opening night coinciding with creator Sir Peter ...

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Shakespeare, His Wife And The Dog – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Sally Edwards and Philip Whitchurch as Anne Hathaway and William Shakespeare in Shakespeare, His Wife and the Dog

Writer: Philip Whitchurch Director: Julia St John Reviewer: Selwyn Knight William Shakespeare is an enigma. An uneducated man from the midlands, married to Anne, a woman eight years his senior, he suddenly appears in London and becomes the best playwright of his generation (and the rest of time). They have three children, Susanna and twins Hamnet and Judith, although Hamnet dies aged ...

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Beautiful Thing – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Andrew Greaves and Reis Bruce in Beautiful Thing

Writer: Jonathan Harvey Director: Tracey Street Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing is a truly charming tale of first love. Set in the early 1990s on a rundown council estate in Thamesmead, our protagonists gradually discover their depth of feelings for each other and, against the odds, seem set to live happily ever after. But this is not a ...

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Simply Gershwin – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Gavin Sutherland Reviewer: James Garrington Next year will mark the 80th anniversary of George Gershwin’s death at just 38 years old but, in a period of only 20 years or so, he managed to turn out an almost incredible catalogue of work which included classical pieces, popular songs, and film and musical theatre scores. Such is his legacy that, ...

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